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Salmon Arm council approves more cash for FireSmart Waste Disposal Grant

The grant is availble to FireSmart-recognized neighbourhoods and not-for-profit groups
Community members (left to right) Virginia Cox, Vicky Davis, Elizabeth Eso and Kathy Patterson are joined by Fire Services officer Carmen Guidos (second from left) and Mayor Alan Harrison (right) to unveil the FireSmart Neighbourhood designation sign at the Carriage Lane community in Salmon Arm Saturday, May 13, 2023. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)

Council has upped the amount of the FireSmart Waste Disposal Grant for eligible groups from $300 to $1,000.

The increase was approved at council’s Mar. 25 meeting, following its recommendation to consult groups that may apply for the grant. They include FireSmart-recognized neighbourhoods and not-for-profit organizations.

Individual homeowners and businesses are not eligible to apply.

“There is only $1,951.52 available in funding for this,” noted Chief Administrative Officer Erin Jackson.”However, we don’t see a high demand at this time for the grant funding.”

Jackson pointed out that if there is more demand than funds available, staff could ask council for additional funding and increase the request for the next grant cycle.

The funds are provided by the Union of BC Municipalities through the Community Resiliency Investment program announced by the provincial government in 2018.

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